The Toronto Raptors are one win away from reaching their first-ever NBA Finals, and rapper/actor/global ambassador Drake is hoping to speak it into existence.
Following a third straight win over the Milwaukee Bucks, which came by way of a 105-99 road victory in Game 5 on Thursday, Drake promised his team would march on to the biggest stage in basketball.
“Listen, we have the best player, we have the best fans in the whole NBA, in the whole world,” said Drake. “Look around, look around you. We created this, this didn’t exist before we were here. Look around at the square, I promise you right now, we did this. Doesn’t matter what anybody says, they can say it’s disrespectful, they can say is this and that. Everybody is within the rules. Everybody is doing their thing, all we are is proud and passionate.
“We are like a college sports team. The Toronto Raptors are a college sports team, I promise you. I love Toronto. I love this team and we’re going to the NBA Finals.”
"I love Toronto, I love this team and we're going to the NBA Finals."
—Drake after Game 5
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 24, 2019
Drake might have had a little more liquid courage than most expected before this interview, but one thing is surely true — the Raptors’ atmosphere is rabid in nature — getting the support from more than just the city of Toronto, but all of Canada.
The Raptors have now taken control of this series by being the first team to win on the road, having won three straight games and bound to flip the tables on the struggling Bucks, who are still searching for answers.
A Game 6 win on Saturday would not only signify a national party in “The Six,” but also a historic comeback that can punch their ticket to The Finals in the most exhilarating way.